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A north Birmingham suburb is set to see improvements to safety and security as part of the Safer Streets scheme, which was launched today (9 September 2021).


Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s office successfully bid for £432,000 from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund to introduce new measures in Stockland Green.


The scheme will implement a range of measures, including street lighting upgrades, six reusable CCTV cameras and a crime prevention assessment for all homes.


Simon Foster, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “We know small changes can make a big difference, and this investment in improved street lighting, movable CCTV and secure access and alleyways will help prevent crime and keep people and families safe and secure. Everyone should feel their area is a safe place to live and work. This welcome investment will contribute to making that a reality.”


Social housing provider, The Pioneer Group will manage the scheme in partnership with the city council. Local residents’ key concerns are on the impact of anti-social behaviour in the area, which has a high level of exempt accommodation that has been linked to related issues.


Work to secure access and alleyways by installing new gates and lighting will also occur during the 12-month scheme. Residents will also be supported in converting spaces into community gardens. Cleanups of fly-tipped waste will also be carried out.


Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, added: “Everyone has the right to feel safe at home, in their neighbourhoods, any time of day or night. Simple measures like better lighting, lockable gates on alleys and access ways, and CCTV that can be moved around to where it’s needed most will help residents feel safe.”

Written by: David Watkins

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